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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Sergei Mavrodi (4.89/75/75), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.76/299/134), Baha'u'llah (4.73/168/50), Monica Clark-Robinson (4.73/55/55), Crossway Bibles (4.7/723/609), Lesley Brown (4.69/116/116), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/212/211), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.69/106/84), Chanel Miller (4.68/54/54), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.67/94/94), Simon Langton (4.66/96/55), William M. Gaines (4.65/394/68), Jonathan B. Parshall (4.63/50/50), Frank H. Netter (4.63/108/60), Bill Watterson (4.62/11153/3482), Harold Abelson (4.61/233/230), John J. Palmer (4.61/75/56), Jill Twiss (4.6/121/117), Jennifer Block (4.59/53/53), Pete Souza (4.59/133/114), Karl Elliger (4.59/111/111), Jenn Dlugos (4.58/62/57), Menena Cottin (4.58/159/157), Luigi Serafini (4.58/133/129), Bryan Stevenson (4.57/475/470), Johanna Basford (4.57/104/54), Mike Mavrigian (4.57/64/57), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/63/63), Jennie Bishop (4.56/65/50), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/297/153), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.56/360/210), James Jean (4.55/94/65), Rachel Ignotofsky (4.55/66/61), Jeff Brumbeau (4.55/115/93), Julia Finley Mosca (4.55/104/90), William T. Cavanaugh (4.54/68/50), Harold McGee (4.54/462/432), Ollie Johnston (4.54/108/87), Catherine D. Hughes (4.54/72/60), Albert Seba (4.54/68/65), Marcus Hearn (4.53/143/65), Westminster Assembly (4.53/76/68), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/61/61), Nabeel Qureshi (4.53/97/80), Don Rosa (4.53/589/199), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/208/207), John Lewis (4.53/1054/586), Drew Daywalt (4.53/1183/969), Karen Levine (4.53/495/494) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.75/74/73), Books LLC (1.89/228/57), Randy Davila (2.17/125/125), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.2/134/112), Christopher Ransom (2.23/146/139), Jessica Cutler (2.43/60/60), Hal Lindsey (2.43/156/104), Rebecca Campbell (2.44/62/57), Sue Lange (2.48/65/59), Rebecca Wolff (2.51/57/51), Hannah Tennant-Moore (2.52/52/52), John B. Olson (2.55/204/195), Melissa P. (2.58/217/204), William L. Pierce (2.58/63/54), Alexander Campion (2.59/63/57), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Janet Groth (2.6/61/61), Michael Gerber (2.6/223/181), Simon Cox (2.61/97/91), Nancy Balbirer (2.62/65/65), Arabella Weir (2.67/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.67/56/53), Simon (2.67/169/145), Catherine Millet (2.68/226/220), Dave Bruno (2.68/50/50), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), O. J. Simpson (2.68/93/91), Anna Sam (2.68/65/65), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/93/93), Emma Tennant (2.7/238/189), Trudy Baker (2.71/67/64), Douglas Monroe (2.71/64/55), Eden Cole (2.73/131/57), Jacquelyn Cook (2.74/97/89), Robin Kirman (2.75/59/59), Billy Corgan (2.75/51/51), Ellen Fein (2.76/97/75), Cook Coleridge (2.76/60/60), Jennifer Vandever (2.76/52/52), Tara Bray Smith (2.76/102/101), Sam Christer (2.77/63/57), Vonna Harper (2.77/100/58), John Milne (2.77/66/59), Charlotte Roche (2.77/346/332), Erich von Däniken (2.78/610/424), Phoenix Desmond (2.78/55/55), Michael Drosnin (2.78/165/146), Matthew Klam (2.79/77/74), Tracy Quan (2.79/117/92), Frank Brennan (2.8/106/95) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, Brandon Sanderson, Sandra Brown, John Green, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Patrick Rothfuss, Laurie Halse Anderson, Joe Hill, Naomi Novik, Jude Deveraux, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, James Dashner, James Rollins, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, Andrew Gross, Dan Chaon, Susan Mallery, Chris Bohjalian, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Janny Wurts, N. K. Jemisin, Joan Holub, Tite Kubo, Angela Elwell Hunt, Randy Alcorn, Sharon Kay Penman, Jo Beverley, Alan M. Clark, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Alma Flor Ada, Deborah Harkness, Susan Wiggs, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Alan Furst, Jonathan Maberry, Sarah Addison Allen, Laini Taylor, Laini Taylor, Sharon Lee, Sherryl Woods, Kevin Hearne — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (685,641), Stephen King (546,049), Terry Pratchett (425,608), J. R. R. Tolkien (339,279), C. S. Lewis (334,990), Neil Gaiman (294,901), Nora Roberts (291,703), William Shakespeare (289,054), James Patterson (267,916), Agatha Christie (267,238), Jane Austen (213,317), Charles Dickens (209,222), Isaac Asimov (205,687), John Grisham (195,207), Dr. Seuss (189,976), Stephenie Meyer (189,887), Janet Evanovich (169,013), Dan Brown (164,959), Orson Scott Card (162,951), Roald Dahl (162,743), Dean Koontz (161,643), Anne McCaffrey (160,251), Mary Pope Osborne (155,163), George R. R. Martin (154,021), Kurt Vonnegut (152,058), George Orwell (150,318), Anne Rice (145,913), Douglas Adams (145,071), John Steinbeck (144,116), Rick Riordan (142,591), Mark Twain (136,925), Margaret Atwood (136,627), Robert A. Heinlein (136,357), Mercedes Lackey (135,649), Charlaine Harris (135,069), Suzanne Collins (135,054), Lemony Snicket (131,277), Robert Jordan (124,591), Ernest Hemingway (121,867), Laurell K. Hamilton (121,446), Michael Crichton (119,981), Haruki Murakami (119,097), Fyodor Dostoevsky (117,909), Ray Bradbury (114,540), Piers Anthony (112,440), Jim Butcher (111,176), Philip Pullman (109,435), Carolyn Keene (109,291), Ursula K. Le Guin (107,560), Gabriel García Márquez (105,372), Arthur Conan Doyle (105,262), Philip K. Dick (103,811), Bill Bryson (102,563), Jodi Picoult (102,246), Patricia Cornwell (100,220), Michael Connelly (99,779), L. M. Montgomery (99,376), F. Scott Fitzgerald (98,686), David Eddings (95,861), R. L. Stine (93,904), Arthur C. Clarke (93,315), Tamora Pierce (92,961), Clive Cussler (92,638), Frank Herbert (92,636), Alexander McCall Smith (92,274), Tom Clancy (92,181), Neal Stephenson (90,222), Madeleine L'Engle (90,005), Nicholas Sparks (89,666), Laura Ingalls Wilder (89,406), J. D. Salinger (88,157), Beverly Cleary (87,574), Stan Berenstain (85,842), Leo Tolstoy (85,679), Umberto Eco (85,346) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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